Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 50-32 The Bet: Above marginal confidence
Why expect a decline from the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. is still trending upward. Each man is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of this triumvirate while seeking to assert himself as a highest talent in his respective place. Wall is already there, and another two aren’t far behind.
And if you’re worried about the seat, don’t worry –just not for the reason you might anticipate.
Last year’s second-stringers were dreadful. They routinely wasted leads and dug inescapable holes to the starters. This year’s bench collection shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott are not precisely marquee additions. And that is almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are poor. We know that much. On the other hand, the starters are still in place, along with the Wizards posted an 8.1 net rating last year when Wall,” Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the ground together. Even with the putridity behind them, they dragged their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this season, particularly when the group was in the second half than through the year’s opening salvo?
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